Prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites in the Greek population: local people and refugees

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Prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites in the Greek population: local people and refugees (EN)

S.E. Frydas, Ch. Mavrovouniotis,T.C. Constantinidis, K. Antoniadou-Sotiriadou,, M.G. Papazahariadou, E.G. Papadopoulos
., A.E. Siochu

SUMMARY A total of 455 faecal samples from the Greek population and refugees was examined and 18.02% were found to be infected with one or more species of parasites. The prevalence of infection with intestinal parasites of the Greek (264) population was 11.36% and that of foreigners (191) originating from Europe, Africa and Asia was 27.23%. Found were a) protozoan parasites: Blastocystis hominis, Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba coli and Giardia lamblia (found in both groups examined) and b) metazoan parasites: Enterobius vermicularis, Taenia spp. and Strongyloides stercoralis (in both groups) and Ancylostoma duodenale, Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and Schistosoma mansoni (only in foreigners). Among the parasites found in foreigners only the helminth species A. duodenale and S. mansoni are considered as imported parasites from tropical and subtropical regions to European countries. The use of the multiple logistic regression showed that the odds ratio comparing Greeks to refugees, adjusted for age and gender, was 3.8 for Africans, 3.0 for Europeans and 2.6 for Asians. No correlation was found between age, gender or symptoms (diarrhea or abdominal pain) with the presence of parasites. The overall prevalence of infection with parasites was high in both the Greek population and refugees and therefore a screening for parasite infection is recommended for the prevention of further spread of the infections. Key words: parasites, immigrants, Greece (EN)


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Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 17, No 2 (2004) (EN)

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